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Data Driven Decisions?

I don’t have a particular recommendation other than that we base decisions on as much hard data as possible. We need to carefully look at all the options and all their ramifications in making our decisions. ~ Dorothy Denning Accountability in education has always been a political talking point. But in the late 1990s it…

The Fallacy of Legacy

We enter a career in higher education to help students. Most of us start as instructors and we have that wonderful opportunity to be in a classroom helping people understand something they previously didn’t. I’ve always called them the lightbulb moments, those moments when you see that look of confusion transition into the light of…

Back into the breach, opening day

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more; Or close the wall up with our English dead. In peace there’s nothing so becomes a man, as modest stillness and humility: But when the blast of war blows in our ears, Then imitate the action of the tiger. ~ William Shakespeare Tomorrow will begin my…

The Higher Education Zodiac

You might be a teacher if…you are thankful that your thought bubble is invisible in staff meetings. ~ The Teacher Next Door The Higher Education Zodiac I was sitting with a couple of colleagues talking and someone joked about their Sun Zodiac symbol and then we got talking about our Chinese Zodiac signs and it…

Happy New Year Higher Ed

What’s so fascinating and frustrating and great about life is that you’re constantly starting over, all the time, and I love that. ~ Billy Crystal After thirty-five years in higher education, the calendar year loses relevance. For those of us in higher education July 1st is New Year Day. To celebrate my academic New Year’s…

The Miracle of Graduation

A graduation ceremony is an event where the commencement speaker tells thousands of students dressed in identical caps and gowns that ‘individuality’ is the key to success. ~ Robert Orben Tonight a jointly published post on both the Ministry of Happiness and my Higher Ed Mentor blogs.  Today, once again, for my thirty-fifth year in…

Managing High Performers in Higher Education

No one on his deathbed has ever said, I wish I spent more time in the office. ~ Paul Tsongas My first president when I began working in California was an incredibly honest and straight forward type of person. At one point we got into a discussion about management philosophy and he came straight out…

Managing people in Higher Ed

Fit no stereotypes. Don’t chase the latest management fads. The situation dictates which approach best accomplishes the team’s mission. ~ Colin Powell I encountered a piece recently entitled 103 pieces of advice I wish I’d known, it was really quite wonderful and the advice is great. Embedded in this list was some excellent advice for…

Is college still worth it?

Is college still worth it? I’m hearing this question quite a bit lately and it’s funny there seem to be two quite opposite campus in agreement on the answer that college is no longer worth it. On one side is a conservative mindset that has developed in our country that is heavily anti-intellectual. They don’t…

The truth about student loans

Don’t go through life, grow through life. ~ Eric Butterworth There’s a lot of shouting these days about how college isn’t worth it. I’ve recently written a piece entitled, Is college still worth it, to address this question. But a lot of the shouting around education these days has to do with student loan debt.…

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